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Robert Fletcher Papers 1830-1912
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Biographical Note

Principal Assistant Librarian of the Librarian of the Library, 1876-1912. Dr. Robert Fletcher joined the Library of the Surgeon General's office in 1876 where he assisted Dr. John Shaw Billings in compiling the Library's Index-Catalogue, the first volume of which appeared in 1880. From 1879-1899 he served as co-editor and later (1903-1911) as editor-in-chief of the Index Medicus. Despite thirty-five years of work on these bibliographies, Dr. Fletcher also found time for many contributions to the literature of anthropology and the history of medicine and was a recipient of many degrees and honors.